I have wanted to post a couple of times this past weekend, but just never got around to it. So here is a wrap-up of the weekend.

Tour de BK ’06 Ride #4
I rode another 21 miles on Saturday, averaging 15.5 miles per hour in what were really ideal cycling conditions…in the 80s with cloud cover and hardly any wind at all. That brings my total amount of miles logged this year to 74. I would like to reach the 200 mile mark before the summer is over.

Geek moment: “Doctor Who” season finale
The second season of “Doctor Who” wrapped up last Saturday with a brilliant finale that pitted the Doctor against longtime foes, the Cybermen and Daleks, and featured the last regular appearance in the series by companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). Here’s a clip of the first 9 1/2 minutes of “Doomsday.” The last 4 1/2 minutes or so are classic “Doctor Who,” with a standoff between the Cybermen and Daleks.

Kevin Barry continues to shine in Braves’ bullpen
Rider’s Kevin Barry pitched four more scoreless innings of relief for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, allowing no hits while striking out five and walking one. Over the first three games of his major league career, Barry has yet to surrender a run while giving up two hits and two walks while striking out eight in nine innings of work since making his major league debut with three scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium on June 25. His efforts were noted in this Braves Report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Pirates” plunders box office, takes down Spidey
Despite reviews claiming—among other things—that it is a “Bermuda Triangle of bad,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” took in an estimated $132 million during its three-day opening weekend, shattering the previous three-day mark ($114.8 million) held by 2002’s “Spider-Man.” What is funny about this is that in the current season of “Entourage,” the fictional “Aquaman” movie took down Spidey’s box-office record. I had seen some people criticize that element of the storyline since it seemed rather outlandish. Well, guess what? If “Pirates” can do it in real life, then a fictional James Cameron-directed “Aquaman” can do it in a TV show.

What is even more interesting is that a third “Pirates” movie is expected by next Memorial Day weekend…just a few weeks after the spectacular-looking “Spider-Man 3” opens on May 4. The movie industry is going to be flying high next May.

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